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Teaching and Learning

World Drumming course for all students, Fall 2019

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NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – no prior musical experience necessary.

Wednesday: EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik

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Remember to head to HC 151 just prior to this week’s Faculty Meeting to hear from Jenny Kluznik on, “How PAs Think: A Glimpse Into PA Education”: The physician assistant (PA) profession often is listed as a top job to have in the US, but roles in healthcare are rewarding and challenging at the same time. Come take a glimpse into how students are trained within PA education to step into the role of health provider, advocate, and leader.

Zoom: Meeting ID 608-510-523

Wednesday, April 17 | EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik | 3:20 p.m. – 3:35 p.m., HC 151


Faculty Scholarship Display

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than May 1) using the form linked below.

Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (

All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 a.m. to set up.

The faculty recognition luncheon and program begins in the chapel at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10 | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

Augsburg GRE Summer Prep Course

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Augsburg University offers a four and a half week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (excluding Memorial Day)
May 13th – June 12th
Cost: $100 (includes 6-month subscription to online study tool, Magoosh)

Registration Form and Additional GRE Prep Course Info

Fulbright: Live abroad after you graduate

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The Fulbright Student Program fully funds students to study, research, or serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for a year (no classroom teaching experience required!). During their year abroad, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing participants to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Past Augsburg students have been selected for Fulbright Awards to countries such as Czech Republic, South Korea, Ecuador, Poland, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany (and more!), and we currently have six alums abroad through the program! Augsburg’s focus on cross-cultural engagement and community involvement makes Auggies particularly strong candidates who are well-prepared to make the most of a Fulbright experience.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact or stop by Hagfors 101 to set up an appointment for April or May!

The competition is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni in all fields, and a GPA of 3.0+ is considered competitive.

Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

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Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

Tuesday, May 7th
11am – 1pm
Hagfors 104

URGO is hosting a personal statement workshop for pre-health applicants with Simone Gbolo, executive director of the PPIA Program and former director of the Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program in the U of M Medical School’s Office of Admissions.
Please contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

General Announcements

Get Involved with Gamers United

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Gamers United is looking for prospective officers for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Why should you do it?

Because it would be a great leadership opportunity to create a more fun and inclusive environment for the Augsburg Community while also doing something you love/are passionate about!

We would currently be looking for people to fill the following positions:

* Requisitions Officer – This officer acts as a treasurer to submit grant requests, room requests, and help manage the group finances.
* e-Gaming Officer – As the name implies, this officer specializes in organizing console and PC meetings, events, and tournaments.
* Public Relations Officer – This officer would help our event officers to advertise their events via A-mail, Screens, our Facebook Group, creating posters, group e-mails, and any other form of advertisement deemed necessary.

If you are interested, please contact us at and or find our group on Facebook! If you think that these positions would be too much of a commitment or don’t fit your expertise, but still want to get involved, please contact us and we will help to find a way for you to be involved!

Thank you!

Gamers United Facebook Group

Internet Maintenance – Overnight 4/16-4/17

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One of our redundant Internet Service Providers will be performing emergency maintenance on Internet fiber circuits.

During this time, there will be two brief 2-5 minute period where some internet traffic may reroute to secondary internet providers.

Maintenance Window:
4/16/2019 – 4/17/2019
11:00pm – 4:00am

Estimated Downtime within Maint. Window:
Internet Traffic: two separate 2-5 minutes windows while internet traffic reroutes to redundant providers.
If on campus, you may see a short 2-5 minute disruption in your ability to get to some web sites or streaming services.
If off campus, you may experience a short 2-5 minute disruption in your ability to get to some Augsburg services.…rnight-4-16-4-17/

Sexual Violence Prevention Month – April

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

Learn the facts: Sexual violence happens in every community. Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact – including sexual assault and rape. Learn more at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Thanks to Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team (SMART) for their advocacy, peer education, and events to eliminate sexual violence.

Augsburg has an agreement with the Aurora Center (U of Minnesota), so students can contact them for assistance. They have a 24-Hour Helpline: (612) 626-9111. Students can also get assistance through the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC), 612-330-1707, and the Department of Public Safety, 612-330-1717.

Donate gently used athletic shoes and equipment

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We are collecting gently used athletic shoes of all sizes and equipment for all ages (balls, bats, gloves, jump ropes, clothing, etc). Our goal is to donate to the Ceder Riverside Community School and the Sports Check it Out program. Last year we donated over 100 items. You can drop your items off at the collection box in the lounge located on the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center. E-mail Dr. Ana Ribeiro for more questions.

We Need You: Staffing for Commencement

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Help us send off our graduating seniors at the U.S. Bank Stadium this year! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal and the successful and smooth flow of the event.

There are many needs for assistance to help with checking in students, escorting students to field level, assisting with accessible seating, handing out programs and/or providing directional support at the stadium. Many of these opportunities would allow you the ability to stay and view the ceremony in its entirety.

If you’re interested in assisting with staffing this very important event and ensuring a wonderful experience for our students and their families, please fill out the Commencement Staffing Form and someone will reach out to you to discuss.

Commencement Staffing Form

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Alumni Volunteers for the Month of April

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Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. This information assists the college in securing grants and other funding for the University. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who have volunteered already in the month of April or will be volunteering before May 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

Student Employment Opportunity this Summer with the Sabo Center

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This summer, the Sabo Center is hosting the Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute, a national conference for higher education institutions committed to transforming higher education and our communities through place-based community engagement.

We are seeking TWO student workers to provide support before and during the conference event as Summer Conference Hosts/Detail Managers.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:

*Work with Sabo staff to prepare materials for the conference.
*Manage registration tables, welcome and assist conference participants with on-campus housing and other details.
*Help direct participants during transitions and be responsive to their needs.
*Take photos at event and post to social media.

This is a short term job with hours as follows:
During the week of July 1-5, 10-15 flexible hours
During the week of July 8-12, 40 hours, less flexible. (must be available 8am-8pm on July 10-11 and 8am-4pm on July 12)

You can apply by clicking the link below.

Apply to work with the Sabo Center this summer

University Council Staff Representative Nominations Open

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Staff Senate is grateful for the 3-year term that elected UC staff representative, Jim Trelstad-Porter has served. As his term comes to an end we are beginning the election process for the next elected UC staff representative.

The overall Council structure is an outcome of the Shared Governance Report released in 2014. The goal is to establish advocates with deep institutional knowledge from across the campus community to provide recommendations on issues that affect the University’s commitment to its mission and values.

The selection process for the University Council Staff Representative begins with an open call for nominations from April 15–22. Nominations are received electronically from any eligible voting staff members. Self-nominations, nomination of others, and nominations for Staff Senate members are acceptable.

UC Staff Representative Nomination Form

Event Announcements

Zyzzogeton Student Poster Symposium – TODAY April 15

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Augsburg University celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton poster session. The poster session falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Over 80 students participate each year, showcasing their research. A “zyzzogeton” is a green leaf-hopper as well as the last word in the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is a fitting symbol to mark the end of the academic year.

Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome, so please come join us for this exciting event!

Zyzzogeton Research Symposium
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019
Hagfors Center Atrium

Check out the 2019 poster abstracts online!

Sverdrup Convocation: Dr. Pamela Ronald – 10 a.m. Today

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The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program
Serving Up Science: Plant Genetics and the Future of Food
Dr. Pamela Ronald

Monday, April 15, 2019
10 am, Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, University of California, Davis. Ronald studies rice genes that control resistance to disease and tolerance to environmental stress. Ronald and colleagues received the 2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award and the 2012 Tech Award for innovative use of technology to benefit humanity. In 2014 she was named one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by Thomson Reuters, in 2015 was selected by Scientific American as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology, and in 2016 was named one of the 50 innovators and visionaries who will lead us toward a more sustainable future by Grist magazine. She is co-author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. Her 2015 TED talk has been viewed by more than 1.5 million people and translated into 24 languages.

Focused Conversations TOMORROW/Wednesday: Augsburg Strategic Planning

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President Paul Pribbenow will lead discussions on the university’s next strategic plan in the Focused Conversations this week:

Tuesday, April 16, 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)

Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

For the live-stream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page

League of Legends Meeting TOMORROW

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Join us for a League of Legends get together!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5-8 PM
Hagfors 201

We will spend the time catching up, talking about next year/getting involved, and playing/watching League! So please bring your set ups if possible. Food and drinks will be provided as per usual. We hope to see you there!

For more information or other, contact us at or join our facebook group: Augsburg Gamers United!

Gamers United Facebook Group

Pokéfest this Wednesday

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Join us for a showing of “Pokémon the Movie 2000!”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:30-10 PM
Science 123

We will also be hosting a Pokémon Showdown mini tournament, have coloring sheets, and pokémon go lures! Food and drinks will also be available! 🙂

For more information or other contact us at or join our facebook group: Augsburg Gamers United!

Gamers United Facebook Group

Celebrating Native Voices: Short Films by Indigenous Filmmakers

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April 16, 2019
Join us for a night of short films that include films ranging from narrative fiction based on historical reality to documentary to youth produced work. The filmmakers, who are from Norway, Canada, U.S. and MPLS, will participate in person and via zoom at the University of St. Thomas.

Location and Time: 4:00-5:30 University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium (located on Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave)
University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Augsburg native American Film Series

Free Yoga on Wednesdays

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Hello! My name is Elana and I am a certified yoga teacher. I will be offering a free class on Wednesdays 11-11:45 in the Gundale Chapel in Hagfors. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses. Mats will be available to borrow. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. E-mail me if you have any questions:

DIY Stressballs

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DIY Stress Balls
Date: April, 15th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Hagfors 3rd – Floor dry space

Come stop by the 3rd floor on Hagfors to make your own Stress balls. There are many different variations that you can make along with eating pizza and snacks! It can take a minimum of 10 minutes or your welcome to stay for the entire time and make more than one. We are looking forward to seeing you Monday for a moment of relaxation! Have a great week.

Augsburg Chemistry Society

TONIGHT: Pluma & The Tempest

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By Arístides Vargas, Translated & Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez

$3 student tickets– reserve now!

A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism that tells the story of a youngster of unspecified gender who runs away after being born to a hostile world. They find themselves living in the inner city streets, meeting all kinds of people and facing all kinds of dangers. The kid fights to learn from these experiences and to assert their personhood. Despite being adrift like a feather in a storm, Pluma attempts to preserve their hope and survive.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Math Students present at Pi Mu Epsilon Conference

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Throwing caution to the snow, Augsburg mathematics students Andy Hotchkiss (’20), Brandon Perez (’20), Heather Krumwiede (’19), and Lewis Istok(’19) presented at the 40th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society Conference, April 12-13 at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. (

Thanks to the support of URGO, the students were able to present their research: Curve Fitting of Periodically Repeating Functions (Hotchkiss/Perez), Comparative Study of Mathematical Middle School Texts Across Cultures (Krumwiede), and Spirographs for Fun and Pedagogy (Istok). The students were also able to meet and see two engaging presentations by the nationally-recognized speaker Dr. Talitha Washington from Howard University.


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